This reference should be returned to:
Graduate Admissions Office, The London School of Economics and Political Science
PO Box No 13420, Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AR, U.K.
Applicant Surname: Applicant Forename(s):
Date of Birth (DD/MM/YY): Applicant ID ( If known)
Programmes applied for:
Thank you for agreeing to write a reference for the above applicant. If you are a referee at a UK institution that does not supply transcripts
or mark sheets until graduation, and the applicant is a current student, please ensure that you comment in detail on the applicant’s
progress at the university, including all their marks to date. Please ensure that you reply on a sheet of headed university/institution
notepaper and sign the reference. Your assistance is appreciated. Please address the following questions in your reference, attach your
reply to this sheet, and return it to the applicant in a sealed envelope for onward transmission to LSE. Please sign the back of the
envelope over the seal. You may also, if you wish, return the reference directly to LSE. If you choose to do this please advise the
applicant accordingly. Further guidance can be found overleaf.
Items to consider when writing this reference
1/ Name of referee
2/ Current position
3/ Current institution
4/ How is the applicant known to you?
5/ How long have you known the applicant?
6/ Has the applicant discussed his/her motivation for the proposed programme of study with you?
7/ How well do you know the applicant’s academic work?
8/If your university does not supply transcripts, please comment specifically on the courses taken by the applicant and the grades attained
9/ What is/was the language of instruction?
10/ Relative to other students from the same university and following the same degree programme, please indicate an overall assessment
of the applicant’s ranking in class; please indicate if the ranking system is formal or informal
Top 5% Top 10% Top Top 50% Bottom 50% Unable to comment
Capacity for original thinking
Motivation for further study
Written and oral communication
11/ In your opinion how well does the applicant’s studies to date equip him or her to follow the chosen programme of study at LSE? You
might wish to comment on the applicant’s: writing skills; analytical skills; presentation skills; quantitative skills (if relevant to programme)
12/ To your knowledge does the applicant have any work experience relevant to this application?
13/ To your knowledge does the applicant have any other qualifications relevant to this application?
14/ Do you have any other comments on this applicant’s application to LSE for graduate study?
I strongly recommend this I recommend this applicant for I do not recommend this Unable to comment
applicant for the above the above programme of study applicant for the above
programme of study. . programme of study.
PLEASE SIGN AND DATE THIS REFERENCE
Further guidance for the referee
A copy of this reference template can be downloaded as a word document via
www.lse.ac.uk/collections/graduateAdmissions/apply/applyByPost.htm . The completed reference can be emailed to
Graduate.References@lse.ac.uk . This should be sent from an official university/institution email address. If you do not
have access to an official university/institution email address you are advised to submit a hard copy on headed paper
instead. This should be posted to the address overleaf.
Your reference is important to the applicant, we cannot consider applications without supporting references. If you are
unable to provide a reference please let the applicant know to allow them to make alternative arrangements.
All references are processed in date order, please inform the applicant when you emailed or posted the reference to us to
allow them to estimate when it will be processed by the Graduate Admissions Office.
If you have any further queries or experience any problems submitting this reference please contact the Graduate
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7160 (select option 1, then option 3 to speak to the team)
Fax: +44 (0)20 7955 6137